Archive for February, 2016

10 things you won’t do after becoming an urban homesteader – Homegrown & Healthy

Once you’ve been bitten by the urban homesteading bug, there’s no cure. For real. When John and I started our teeny, tiny little garden and first documented it on The Sustainable Couple, we had no idea what we were doing. Fast forward 5 years and we’ve gotten ourselves together. We also have backyard chickens, 6… Read More »

Source: 10 things you won’t do after becoming an urban homesteader – Homegrown & Healthy

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? on Vimeo

A nice video explaining what a CSA is and how it works. We won’t be planting tomatoes with a tractor.

Picking Seeds for the Garden This Year

 

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I just spent over an 90 minutes digging through seed catalogs with Kathy.  Today we picked carrots, radishes, beets, squash (summer and winter) and tomatoes.  If the good lord is willing, and you buy a share in our CSA you will have the opportunity to get a great variety of veggies this summer.  I expect that we will plant a bunch of stufff and hopefully it will produce well.  You can sign up for the CSA at any time by clicking HERE  In other news, we had an escapee bunny this morning.  The young opal bunny managed to get out of the cage without popping the latch, not entirely how that happened.  Kathy caught it by putting hay, food and water in one of the cages on the ground.  It just climbed in this afternoon and she closed the door on it.I4

Snowmageddon 16

Groundhog Day of 2016 will be memorable.  They said winter storm Kayla might just lay into us and yes she did.  At noon the official snowfall for the day in Grand Island was 14.9 inches.  Winds blowing with gusts up to 53 miles per hour.  This is our first real snow storm at GI Acres and the drive way does drift.  Also had a 4 foot drift in front of the shed door.  The 48N pushed the snow out of the way of the shed door.  I’m hoping later that I will be able use it to clear the drive.  Started on the drive with the snowblower and it ran out of gas, hence the trip to the shed.  That is where the extra gas is.While I was there I started up the tractor then decided I should see what kind of a job it does on the snow.  Wandered back to the house with the fuel and Kathy had beef barley soup ready for lunch.  I think I will wait for the snow to stop before heading back out. #kayla #snowmageddon16

These pictures are taken one day apart.

20160201_074534Morning February 1, 2016

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Morning February 2, 2016

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Morning February 3, 2016

About GI Acres CSA

GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.